What would King think?

LETTER

I am curious how Martin Luther King Jr would have viewed the coming black-only graduation ceremony to be held at Harvard University. The man fought and gave his life for equality in America, and was instrumental in obtaining that goal.

Now one of the oldest and most revered educational institutions in America is condoning racism by holding this segregated event. Imagine the uproar if they decided to hold a white only graduation, it would be international news and rightfully derided by everyone.

But how many people or civil rights organisations have come out to censure this upcoming event? I’m finding it hard to find any, but I guarantee Martin Luther King would have been the first to do so.

Just like the uproar we had concerning the European Students Association that tried to establish itself at Auckland University, it seems you can have a club, association, event or team based on any nationality, race or culture you like as long as it is not white.

Racism is racism and segregation is segregation, no matter which race is being targeted, and no matter how hard the liberal left try to change the definition of racism.

A. Abbott

I am curious how Martin Luther King Jr would have viewed the coming black-only graduation ceremony to be held at Harvard University. The man fought and gave his life for equality in America, and was instrumental in obtaining that goal.

Now one of the oldest and most revered educational institutions in America is condoning racism by holding this segregated event. Imagine the uproar if they decided to hold a white only graduation, it would be international news and rightfully derided by everyone.

But how many people or civil rights organisations have come out to censure this upcoming event? I’m finding it hard to find any, but I guarantee Martin Luther King would have been the first to do so.

Just like the uproar we had concerning the European Students Association that tried to establish itself at Auckland University, it seems you can have a club, association, event or team based on any nationality, race or culture you like as long as it is not white.

Racism is racism and segregation is segregation, no matter which race is being targeted, and no matter how hard the liberal left try to change the definition of racism.

A. Abbott

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Bob Hughes - 6 months ago
I reckon Martin Luther King would be well pleased to see a mass graduation of African Americans from any US university.
If A. Abbott had researched his subject he would know such graduation ceremonies have been occurring for decades in America.
Back when Martin Luther was fighting for equality, there were restrictions on black people entering universities
In the south, legal segregation prevented black students from attending colleges and universities.
In the north, quota systems limited the number of blacks who could attend.
With higher learning made so difficult, black-only colleges were the only option.
Now African-American students at several universities have the option of attending an additional ceremony.
It is ridiculous for A. Abbott to suggest an African American graduation ceremony is an attempt to change the definition of racism.
This action celebrates equality, fellowship and community building
Again, Martin Luther King would be well pleased to see his African American people finally being held in higher esteem.

John Fricker - 6 months ago
Two wrongs do not make a right, which makes a nonsense of your wonky thinking.

lloyd gretton - 6 months ago
An American European cultural club several years ago was attacked in a restaurant by hooded men with baseball bats. The club was not racially exclusive and was made up mostly of elderly academics with not inconceivably a few minority members. The European Club at Auckland University withdrew because they were threatened with an actual physical attack, despite being entirely inclusive. The hate thing seems to be very projected.

Tony L - 6 months ago
I'd be inclined to see some merit in A. Abbott's comments if African Americans had been responsible for attacking European Americans since the 18th century through state-sponsored slavery, followed by oppression and then by systemic discrimination.

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